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Old 02-03-2003, 08:28 PM
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Is there anything in-shore I'm likely to run into that will require a 10 wt.? For instance, will the 10-wt. tackle tarpon that head into that area, or am I better off with a heavier rod, such as an 11-wt.? Just thinking about shark, big jacks, and so on. I was under the impression that Cobia like to hang around vertical structure in fairly deep water, likely to be relatively far off-shore much of the time.
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Old 02-04-2003, 07:24 AM
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A 10wt is always rigged up in my boat just for cobia. The only time I give a client a 10wt for tarpon is if he/she simply can't reach the fish with a 12. My philosphy is that they'd rather hook up and lose the fish by being under-gunned than not hook up at all.

So, it's 8wt for everyday snook, redfish, etc; 9wt for jacks, or windy days chasing bones in the Keys (nearly every day, unless you get into a lee by fishing Big Pine Key or further west); 10wt for cobia, sharks, 'cuda or kingfish; 12wt for tarpon.

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Old 02-18-2003, 03:46 PM
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... made it back from the Keys a few days earlier than I had anticipated. The wind was something to contend with, that's for certain: 15-20 knots nearly all week, which made it next to impossible to get any sort of decent casting accomplished. I managed to catch a few fish, though, mostly jacks and snappers, with the odd cuda here and there. Saw an enormous bone tailing on a flat near the drop-off of Shark Channel outside the mouth; it must have been a doozy of a fish, because the water depth in that area was around 12" and the upper lobe of his caudal fin was a good 4" out of the water. Unfortunately, I was out with three other guys and there was no way I could have safely gotten a cast out to that fish with the wind blowing so hard. The permit were in the flats, churning the bottom pretty thoroughly, but didn't hook any. Hopefully I'll get back down there in the next couple of months and have better success.
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